Traditionally, representing to your attention a brief overview of the world and Ukrainian agrarian sector news.

At the end of January, unstable weather with sharp temperature wavering and downfalls prevailed. In some places the temperature dropped significantly down to minus 20 degrees. However, due to reliable, sometimes even excessive snow cover, the threat to winter crops did not arise. The high snow cover created premises for the formation of an adequate soil moisture resource in the spring. Plants of winter crops are still in winter alone, and their condition is assessed as good and satisfactory. The Ministry of Agrarian Policy says that the state of winter crops in Ukraine in 2019 is the best for the last 5 years. “Of the 7.6 million hectares sown, seedlings were obtained by 98%, of which 86% are in good and satisfactory condition, 14% are in weak and thinned,” the report says. Most agricultural producers of the Kharkiv region informed that they plan to make the first additional fertilizing with mineral soils in the third decade of February.

In Ukraine, out of 10.5 million hectares of state-owned agricultural land, only 1.4 million hectares are officially leased, and of these, only 0.1 million hectares are at the market rates through auctions. Informs “Economic truth”. As a result – loss of control over 80% of state land. In other words, more than 80% of national land is leased on illegal grounds and does not generate income for the state itself, enriching individuals. Herewith, the gap in the cost of renting state land and shares has become even greater. On average, in 2018, public lands were rented 2.13 times more expensive than private ones, according to Minagroprod. The average rent for state-owned agricultural land transferred on a competitive basis as of January 1, 2019 was 3.43 thousand UAH/ha. And summing up our previous publications, we inform you that the President of Ukraine has signed a law extending the moratorium on the sale of land for a period up to January 1, 2020.

On February 6, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine appointed Olga Trofimtseva to the position of Acting Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine. This appointment was preceded by the approval of the resignation of Maxim Martyniuk. According to one of the versions, the resignation was approved due to the discovery of M. Martyniuk’s involvement in numerous facts of land frauds. However, due to the constitutional principle of the presumption of innocence, this information is not confirmed at the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine.

In March-April 2019, Ukrzaliznytsia plans to launch a pilot project for the sale of guaranteed freight traffic through electronic auctions. The concept of guaranteed transportation provides that Ukrzaliznytsia compensates the customer for double cost of transportation in case of non-fulfillment of the delivery in accordance with the obligations. The price of guaranteed carriage will be the same as for the regular carriage.

From the beginning of 2019, as of February 12, 104 agrarian receipts have already been issued for more than 1 billion UAH. 2018 was the first year of the work of agrarian receipts throughout Ukraine. The launch of the National Electronic Register of Agrarian Receipts in February 2018 provided an opportunity for farmers from all the regions to issue agrarian receipts and receive financing on bail of their future harvest.

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